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Discover Economy Class

Spacious cabins

Economy cabin South African Airways

Stretch out and enjoy one of the most spacious cabins to Southern Africa, which combines a 31 - 34" seat pitch with 18" width.


South African inspired cuisine and wine

Economy cabin cuisine wine with South African Airways

Enjoy a choice of South African inspired dishes, served with excellent South African wines and a wide range of complimentary drinks.  


Never far from the aisle

Economy spacious cabin with South African Airways

Rest assured, our 2-4-2 seat configuration guarantees that you're only ever one seat away from the aisle. 


On-demand entertainment

Economy Class entertainment with South African Airways

Watch on-demand in flight entertainment of your choice, featuring the latest movies, TV shows and audio on a great 10" screen. 


Online check in

Online check in with South African Airways

Online check-in is available 24 hours before departure. Save time at the airport by checking in online or through our new mobile app – simply download the app from App Store or Google Play and enter your booking information. You can also select your seat and email your boarding pass to your phone when flying from London Heathrow or from a number of airports in Southern Africa.  

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A generous baggage allowance

Economy baggage with South African Airways

Checked baggage    
Between the UK and Africa 1 bag* 1 free piece of sporting equipment
(restrictions apply)
Between UK - Malawi/Zambia/Zimbabwe only
(bookings made after 27 Feb 2013)
2 bags* 1 free piece of sporting equipment
(restrictions apply)

* each bag must weigh no more than 23 kg (50 lb) with a maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches).

Please note, this baggage policy only applies to SAA operated flights. It does not apply to SA Express and Airlink flights and may not apply to other codeshare carriers.


For travel beyond Africa, as well as additional baggage policies, please refer to Global Baggage Allowance Information.


Hand luggage    
All flights 1 bag must not exceed 8kg (18lb)
must not exceed 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H)
(see restricted items)

Please note: If hand luggage does not conform to the size and weight specified, luggage will be checked into the hold at the applicable fee or entry may be denied into the departure area. Sports equipment and musical instruments as hand luggage.


Voyager Frequent flyer Program


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A world of privilege awaits you with our Voyager Frequent Flyer Programme. No matter which Star Alliance member airline's frequent flyer programme you belong to, you can earn and redeem miles and increase your status across all member airlines.

Voyager is a world where the currency is miles and the rewards are exceptional! As you progress through the Voyager tiers - Silver, Gold, Platinum and, ultimately, Lifetime Platinum - you will enjoy even more privileges, such as Bonus Miles, access to private airport lounges and an additional baggage allowance. 

Just three round trips is all you need to reach Gold status. You can redeem your miles on an exciting choice of flights, upgrades, car rental options, luxury game reserve stays and spa breaks.

Join Voyager


Star Alliance

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South African Airways is a member of the Star Alliance, the leading global airline network. The Star Alliance network provides a comprehensive end-to-end service for frequent flyers. With a range of benefits, such as faster and smoother transfers, frequent flyer programmes, awards, upgrades and lounges, you’ll enjoy a convenient, smooth and blissfully efficient worldwide travel experience.

For more details about our in-flight experience >> Discover Business Class

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